The study of the pituitary gland using animals and alternatives: Can the latter completely replace the former?

Eric F. Adams*

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Abstract

In this review, the role experiments and procedures on animals and animal tissues in elucidating the understanding of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland are discussed. Such findings have led to direct application in the diagnosis and treatment of human endocrine disorders. In vitro methods for investigating the human pituitary gland have recently led to important new discoveries but even these 'alternative' techniques exploit animal research or procedures at least to some degree. Nevertheless, the need for use of animals has been significantly reduced by these novel methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-147
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2006

Keywords

  • Endocrine disorders
  • Hypothalamus
  • Pituitary gland

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